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GIZ – Forclime From Germany Help Strengthen the Capacity of the Baborongko Community

Head of the Papua Province Forestry and Environment Service, Jan Jap Ormuseray and Forclime – GIZ Program Director, Gerorg Buchholz. (copyright: Vihky / Lintaspapua.com)

SENTANI (LINTAS PAPUA) – The community of Baborongko Village in Ebungfauw District, Jayapura Regency is now receiving support for capacity building of the village community from Forclime – GIZ (a cooperative institution of the German and Indonesian Governments).

This was revealed by the Head of the Papua Province Forestry and Environment Service, Jan Jap Ormuseray in front of dozens of Babborongko Village communities when socializing the role of Forclime from GIZ Germany to help the Baborongko village community on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

According to Jan Jap Ormuseray, this village was chosen for several reasons. One of them, namely Baborongko has the potential for agroforestry development. In addition, since 2011, the Papua Provincial Forestry and Environment Service has carried out a number of activities in this village, such as planting the Kombouw Tree, as the raw material for making noken and carvings which are now ready for harvest.

In this outreach activity, Jan Jap Ormuseray, who is usually known as JJO, encouraged the Baborongko community to support and give their free consent to the Forclime – GIZ program from Germany.

In addition, JJO also gave a message to the Baborongko community about the importance of zoning customary land. “With this customary land management, the community has legal certainty regarding the status of customary land. If the customary land already has legal capacity, then anyone or any institution that wants to use the customary land, can carry out mutually beneficial transactions and the status of land ownership will not change,” said JJO who is also Ondoafi Besar Yongsu Desoyo Village, Ravenirara District, Regency Jayapura.

Regarding the socialization activities in Baborongko Village, Jan Jap Ormuseray emphasized that this socialization was an official activity from the German Government through Forclime – GIZ with the Indonesian Government through the Papua Province Forestry and Environment Service.

In addition, the Program Director of Forclime – GIZ, Gerorg Buchholz to the people of Kampung Baborongko explained that Forclime – GIZ will provide capacity building assistance for the community to use natural resources wisely, so that the community is economically independent. “Forclime – GIZ has experts who can support the community. So we didn’t come for money, but we came to Baborongko to strengthen the community’s capacity through traditional channels, churches and village government,” said Gerorg Buchholz.

Gerorg Buchholz told the New Guinea Courier (NGK) explaining that Indonesia is a priority partner country for German international cooperation. Technical cooperation with Indonesia began in 1958.

Based on an assignment by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ has been working in Indonesia since 1975 and since then has an office in Jakarta.

“Currently, as of December 31, 2021, the German Federal Ministry of Environment, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union have prepared 351 national workers, 34 foreign workers, 3 Integrated Experts at local institutions and 4 Development Experts in Indonesia,” said Gerorg Buchholz.

Forclime – GIZ staff when providing socialization of the Forclime program. (copyright: Vihky / Lintaspapua.com)

He also explained that Indonesia is a transition country. Although since 2007 Indonesia has been a middle-income country, there is a huge disparity between regions: The picture of big cities with modern shopping centers is in stark contrast to the rural areas that are still lagging behind. Indonesia is a member of the Group of 20 Major Economies (G20) of developed and developing countries that are playing a growing role. Jakarta as the capital city of Indonesia is the seat of the Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Based on its regional weight, the country is a global development partner of BMZ.

In November 2013 intergovernmental negotiations with the Indonesian government, it was agreed to concentrate development cooperation on three points of emphasis, namely: energy and climate change, inclusive growth that can reach the wider community, and good governance and has a global network.

In Indonesia, the official partner of GIZ is the Ministry of National Development Planning (Badan Planning for National Development, – BAPPENAS).

Regarding Forclime, Gerorg Buchholz explained, the overall goal of this program is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the forestry sector while improving the livelihoods of Indonesia’s poor rural communities. In order to achieve this goal, the Program Team will support the Government of Indonesia in designing and implementing legal, policy and institutional reforms for the conservation and sustainable management of forests, at local, provincial and national levels.

Forclime assistance, namely:

  • Suggestions for developing strategies for forest management and REDD+ at the national, provincial and district levels;
  • Technical advice related to REDD+ implementation frameworks at various levels, including climate finance mechanisms;
  • Support forest administration reform processes such as the establishment of forest management units and community forest schemes;
  • Supporting nature conservation and the Access and Benefit Sharing Mechanism (ABS);
  • Support the development of payment schemes for environmental services to support sustainable livelihoods in rural areas;
  • Support the marketing and sustainable use of non-timber forest products by local communities and support policy measures aimed at forest-based bioeconomy, including collaboration with local universities; and
  • Building capacity for sustainable forest management and nature conservation.

Forclime’s geographical focus is in Eastern Indonesia, namely the Provinces of Central Sulawesi, Papua and West Papua. Support for the implementation of international forestry policy mechanisms at the local level, including REDD+ under the Climate Change Convention and the Access and Benefit Sharing Mechanism (ABS) established under the Convention on Biological Diversity is an important feature of the programme, and generates decision makers with experience on how international concepts can be implemented in the field. (Vihky / Lintaspapua.com).

Source: Lintas Papua

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